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stacked gingerbread donuts

Baked Gingerbread Donuts

Baked Gingerbread Donuts are topped with a cream cheese frosting and festive sprinkles that will make any holiday morning even better!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Cooling Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 donuts
Author: EmilyFabulous



Gingerbread Donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg (I used freshly grated or you can use pre-made)
  • 3 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • festive sprinkles


Gingerbread Donut Batter

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare the donut pan with non-stick spray.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to a large mixing bowl and whisk to fully combine. Set aside.
    dry ingredients for gingerbread donuts
  • In another mixing bowl, add the molasses, vanilla, sour cream, milk, vegetable oil, and egg and whisk together.
    gingerbread donut wet ingredients
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Don't overmix or your donuts will be dense and tough. The batter may be a little lumpy and that's ok.
    gingerbread donut batter
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan. Bake for 14 minutes and then remove to cool on a rack.
    gingerbread donut batter in donut pan

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk and whisk until fully combined and smooth.
    cream cheese frosting for donuts
  • Spread on top of each cooled donut, add some sprinkles and enjoy!
    baked gingerbread donut with sprinkles


  • Baked donuts don't always end up with a traditional hole in the middle based on your pan, how the batter rises, etc. Don't worry, they still taste amazing and the only one who will really notice is you!

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.